John Kaldor and Kaldor Public Art Projects can be said to have a deep involvement in creating defining moments for audiences to be immersed in the world of temporary art experiences. Each Kaldor Public Art Project aims to immerse audiences in an atmosphere that changes their perception of art and perhaps life. The art experience engages their curiosity, stimulates their imagination and confronts their notion of what is art.
How have artists of the Kaldor Public Art Projects immersed audiences in their artworks? Immersion through scale, sound, smell, vision, light and location manipulation take audiences on a journey of great sensory heights. In the very first Kaldor Public Art Project, Jeanne-Claude and Christo covered vast surfaces of nature with manmade materials to immerse audiences in an improbable natural and built environment that was at once familiar in smells and sounds but visually disconnected and unexpected.
Bill Viola’s Project 17 transformed the familiarity of a church venue to one projecting controlled light, sound and movement so as to deeply immerse the mind of the audience in a visual and auditory focus.
Jonathan Jones’ audiences were immersed in layers of cultural histories symbolically discovered on the now destroyed ‘footprint’ of the Garden Palace in the Royal Botanic Garden's paths with objects, lights and languages for Project 32.
This exhibition proposes that John Kaldor and the Kaldor Public Art Projects are created by artists whose intention is to substantially immerse audiences in various sensory experiences in unexpected and inspiring contemporary artworks that challenge and inspire the mind.
–– Urvashi, Phoebe and Ananya
Exhibition and curatorial statement by Urvashi, Phoebe and Ananya, Macquarie Fields High School, as part of Future Curators, a creative learning program, giving secondary students across NSW the opportunity to connect with experienced curators and to activate the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive.
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For more information, visit kaldorartprojects.org.au/projects/futurecurators